Monday, September 13, 2010


Sorolla's "puentes", tiny sketches, many made in his own studio garden, were among the best things I have ever seen when visiting his studio in Madrid recently. CATCH-IT- QUICK value/color notes made from his cigar-sized pochade box. I am no Sorolla but I do now paint from a very similar 6"x8"box which I LOVE.

On my recent trip, I was kinda thinking the 'puentes' way when I saw a garden fountain. I had less than an hour. Light was falling and dinner plans with company approaching FAST. After the initial sketch was done, which counted for the challenge, I told myself to put the paint down and LEAVE it alone.

The second day I decided to revisit the fountain in the morning before we headed out for the day and painted a close-up of the lion's head.

AS I said, I am no Sorolla. But I sure was thinking of him.


Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

That is my favorite museum in the WORLD! Lucky you that you got to bring your paints! Love the little box, too. I was amazed that someone was smart enough to save all his little paintings, even thought they were casually done, on no-so-archival supports, for us to see and study today! Nice studies that you did, too!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Thank you Kelley.